Dr. Siegfried Hecker
Although the North Korean nuclear crisis took a bit of a breather in 2018, the rest of the world turned more dangerous.
Dr. Siegfried Hecker will review developments around the world and look ahead at 2019 during the Second Annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos.
Dr. Hecker is a professor (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).
He was co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) from 2007-2012. From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Hecker served as the fifth Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He first joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a graduate summer student in 1965.
Dr. Hecker’s current research interests include plutonium science, nuclear weapons policy, nuclear security, and the safe and secure expansion of nuclear energy. Over the past 27 years, he has fostered cooperation with the Russian nuclear laboratories to secure and safeguard the vast stockpile of ex-Soviet fissile materials.
In late 2016, Dr. Hecker published, through Bathtub Row Press, Doomed to Cooperate, a two-volume compendium of Russian and American laboratory-to-laboratory post–Cold War nuclear cooperation. His work also focuses on reducing the global risks of nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation, and nuclear terrorism.
In addition to his work with Russia, he works closely with the Chinese nuclear enterprise and addresses the nuclear challenges posed by India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran.